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Kodak Showcases Innovative Printing Solutions at drupa 2008


Kodak’s Stream Inkjet Concept Press Makes Official Debut at World’s Largest Printing Show

DUSSELDORF, GERMANY, May -- Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) is making its mark at the world’s largest show for the graphic communications market. Drupa 2008 opens this week in Dusseldorf, Germany, and with 26 new product and service introductions, Kodak’s Graphic Communications Group is presenting a full suite of integrated, tailored solutions to help customers in all segments of the graphic communications market capitalize on the power of print to drive profitable growth.

Through the theme “Print is Powerful,” Kodak will spotlight at drupa the unmatched versatility and effectiveness of print in reaching audiences and achieving results through mass, customized, and cross media campaigns. Kodak’s exhibit (D01 in Hall 5) is organized around solutions by commercial, packaging, publishing and data printing segments.

In addition to the company’s highly anticipated inkjet technologies, Kodak will display its comprehensive portfolio of products and services, including electrophotographic, flexographic, and lithographic options for offset-class output, prepress products that optimize productivity and quality, KODAK Unified Workflow Solutions to enable the highest levels of production and enterprise efficiencies, and business development services that expand customers’ revenue potential. The company’s solutions also will appear in partner booths across two-thirds of the show’s presentation halls, illustrating the breadth of Kodak’s impact in the industry.

“Drupa is an important event for the printing industry, and offers the perfect stage to powerfully present the breadth of Kodak’s solutions and illustrate our commitment to working with our customers to grow their businesses,” said Phil Faraci, President and Chief Operating Officer, Eastman Kodak Company. “Kodak offers the broadest array of solutions, and effectively addresses the needs of today’s blended conventional and digital production environments, while maximizing opportunities in both established and developing markets across the globe.”

Inkjet Introductions

As a highlight of the company’s drupa display, Kodak will feature inkjet systems representing the company’s three platforms for production printing – continuous inkjet, drop on demand (DOD) and KODAK Stream Inkjet Technology.

Kodak will present much-anticipated technology demonstrations of KODAK Stream Inkjet Technology, a continuous inkjet system that enables offset-class reliability, productivity, cost and quality with the full benefits of digital printing for high volume commercial and data printing applications. The Stream Concept Press from Kodak shows a process color system with resolution that exceeds 600 dpi at industry leading production speeds. The Stream Concept Printhead from Kodak demonstrates the speed and integration capabilities of the technology, delivering monochrome offset class VDP applications at 300 mpm (1000 fpm).

In addition, the company will highlight its KODAK VERSAMARK VT3000 Printing System, a scaleable, continuous inkjet solution that can be customized for speed, configuration and color based on unique customer needs, as well as the new KODAK VERSAMARK VL2000 Printing System, which prints process color at 600 dpi and is ideal for transactional statements, TransPromo communications, and direct mail solicitations from a “white paper in” configuration. The system will be formally launched at drupa and is ideal for transactional and commercial print environments with volumes ranging from 1 million to 5 million impressions per month.

Unified Workflow and Connectivity Solutions

Kodak will introduce significant enhancements to its Unified Workflow solutions, which help users manage sales and business office services, production planning and manufacturing, color coordination and control, and data management. Major workflow announcements include: upgrades to KODAK EMS Business Software; introduction of Version 5.0 of the industry-leading KODAK PRINERGY Workflow System; new KODAK COLORFLOW Software, which provides color consistency across devices with a single software; as well as new KODAK software and web to print solutions that improve communications and collaboration and speed time-to-market from job creation through final output.

Other drupa Highlights

For the fast-growing packaging industry, Kodak is introducing the KODAK FLEXCEL NX Digital Flexographic System, a new way of making flexo printing plates for higher levels of print quality, productivity, and stability. In a technology shift for packaging producers and marketers, the FLEXCEL NX System provides offset class, gravure quality on a wide variety of printing substrates, including paper, flexible film, foil, label stock and folding cartons.
Within its portfolio of electrophotographic solutions, Kodak is launching the KODAK NEXPRESS S3600 Digital Production Color Press, the fastest in its S-Series, with dramatically increased productivity.
In addition to the S3600 Press, Kodak is also introducing the KODAK NEXPRESS Intelligent Dimensional Coating Solution and the KODAK NEXPRESS Dimensional Clear Dry Ink, which allow for a raised printing effect that mirrors thermography printing.
In black and white, Kodak previews the KODAK DIGIMASTER EX300 Digital Production System, the fastest cut-sheet electrophotographic printer in the market, printing at a rate of 18,000 images per hour (A4). A speed upgrade module that enables the onsite upgrade of current DIGIMASTER Systems to the higher speed of 300 ppm.
To provide advanced product security and brand protection for a wide range of applications, Kodak will preview a number of additions to its Security Solutions capabilities at drupa. Options include secure thermal transfer ribbon, optically variable ink, and the ability to deliver the KODAK TRACELESS System for Anticounterfeiting via NEXPRESS Presses.
Kodak unveils the next level of digital plates for high performance printing with the new KODAK ELECTRA XD Thermal Plate, exhibiting impressive prepress and on press stability for excellent resolution, run length, and color control throughout the full press run.
The new Kodak’s MAGNUS XLF 80 QUANTUM supports extremely large formats up to 2.26 meters wide for 80 page web presses, while the new KODAK MAGNUS 800Z QUANTUM Platesetter can deliver faster throughput than any other KODAK Platesetter and uses a new, advanced thermal head that generates double the laser power of its MAGNUS Platesetter predecessors.
KODAK Document Imaging Products On Display and In Service on Show Floor

In addition to its products and services for the commercial printing market, Kodak’s exhibit at drupa 2008 will utilize KODAK Scanners for capturing sales leads. The KODAK i1220 Scanners will capture business cards and leads from visitors to Kodak’s stand. The KODAK i1400 Series Scanner will capture transaction information from customers making purchases of Kodak’s products at the show.

(Kodak, Versamark, NexPress, Digimaster, Traceless, Flexcel, Electra, Electra Excel, Magnus, Trendsetter, Squarespot, Staccato, Quantum, Generation News Sword, ThermalDirect, Approval, Prinergy, ColorFlow, InSite, Darwin and MarketMover are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Company.)


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